Crime Prevention Services

The following are a list of Crime Prevention Unit services available at Southern Miss:

Fingerprinting Services

University Police provides fingerprinting services to USM Students, Faculty and Staff needing fingerprints for employment and background checks. You must provide your own fingerprint card and bring valid photo identification prior to having prints taken. This service is by appointment only Monday – Thursday, 9am - 4pm excluding holidays. A $20.00 fee is charged. For more information, or to make an appointment, call 601-266-4986.

Motorist Assistance

Jump-starts and vehicle lockouts are performed by the USM Police Department to assist members of the Southern Miss community.

Escort Service

The UPD provides a 24-hour escort service, seven days a week. Escorts are provided upon request to those who have legitimate concerns for their personal safety when moving about campus. Red escort phones are conveniently located throughout the campus. If you need an escort, call 266-5919.

Emergency Telephones

Thirty "code blue" emergency telephones are strategically located throughout the campus.

These highly visible phones allow callers to contact the University police with a single push of a button. Once activated, the location of the phone is immediately displayed to the University Police dispatch.

Campus Security Officers (Night Security)

The University of Southern Mississippi Police Department is responsible for the security of the residence halls. The Campus Security Officer's (CSOs), force consists of eight (13) full-time non-sworn employees. The program is also supplemented by up to fifteen (15) student workers to assist with this responsibility. The CSOs work from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m., every night.

CSOs are assigned to a residence hall area with the responsibility of providing services for that hall. In addition to monitoring the residence halls they provide security to the parking lots in their area.CSOs assist in the enforcement of all residence halls policies as well as university policy. Some of their specific duties include seeing that the visitation policy is adhered to, checking of all doors to see that they are in proper working order and secured, walk through of residence halls in the assigned area, and enforcement of parking rules and regulations on violations that impact emergency access to residence halls. They also assist with campus escorts in their area of responsibility.

Lost and Found Property

Lost and found property turned into The University of Southern Mississippi Police Department is stored for at least 90 days, then transferred to The University of Southern Mississippi Property Accountability for the yearly public auction. Items are periodically posted in the Student Printz

Crime Victims' Rights

For more information about the Crime Victims' Bill of Rights, visit the Mississippi Attorney General Office's site.